Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is where we chop vegetables, knead dough, do homework, pause for a cup and a bite, or share supper with friends. It is the place where ideas take root and blossom.
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Is the kitchen the new venue of foreign policy? The conflict cuisine project

Thursday 22nd April 17:00-18:30 BST

Diasporas in the 21st century are most often the result of conflicts. The rise of Syrian and Afghan restaurants and refugee cuisine festivals across Europe underscore the link between food and war. Johanna Mendelson Forman started the Conflict Cuisine project in 2015 to teach college students about the way food can transform communities, but also create new opportunities in the Washington community.  The project evolved into one that addresses social gastronomy, using food as a tool for transforming lives, having social impact, and job creation. At the OFS Kitchen Table the discussion will evolve comparing the impact of diaspora cuisine in different countries but also lead to a conversation about the memorialization of recipes in cookbooks and the introduction of new flavors and new experiences that help promote greater social integration.

Our Mission

Together at the Table

The idea for monthly gatherings on a regular basis orginated at the 2020 VSymp, when a necessity became a vision and then a virtual reality, allowing us to come together, discuss and share, learn and laugh – almost like in Oxford, at St Catz. That exceptional experience made us understand how important it is to create and safeguard an accessible online space where our community can meet and grow, independent from any commercial or political interests, travel restraints or health scares.

For everyone with a deep interest in food who feels the need to change the conversation, the Oxford Food Symposium’s Kitchen Table presents single subject, hosted discussions, with all voices respected. Unlike the distance that comes with a keynote delivered from a lectern, these are informal, personal encounters around a table, to share ideas and spark constructive debate on issues that profoundly affect us all. So pull up a chair and join us!